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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 16:50

Clari .... you're right about Lincoln cathedral ....... it's 'everywhere' .... and if you do go back you must go here ... fabulous food and very reasonable prices .... but do be careful ... there's a low beam as you go downstairs 

Help identify please

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 16:32

Shall I shout it a bit louder .... it looks to me like  MELIANTHUS!!! 


Last edited: 31 May 2017 16:32:43

What is this plant??

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 16:27

Perfect for  growing runner beans up 

Fruit Tree Aphids

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:24

Hang bird feeders among your fruit trees ... attract blue tits and great tits and long tailed tits ... within a couple of years they'll get used to visiting your trees for their food and they and their fledglings will hoover up your aphids.

Also don't use insecticides, as ladybirds, hoverflies, lacewings and other insects also prey on aphids.

in the first instance, if  your hose will reach,  turn a sharp jet of water onto the aphids and that will wash a good proportion of them onto the ground for your chickens. 

Sounds a lovely orchard 

Resurrected Fourteen

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 12:16

Ss ((hugs))

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 12:15

No need to tie them in ... they'll wind around the canes like runner beans do.  Each flower only lasts a day, but there's always more each morning.  

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 12:07

Not sure about the first one ... someone will know ...........

The little seedlings with the interesting shaped leaves are Morning Glory (ipomoea) seedlings ... put some tall canes up into wigwams and they'll climb up and cover them with gorgeous flowers 

I grow some every year 

books on rose pruning and care

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 11:31

I find that David Austin roses do far better with minimal pruning  .... DA recommends removing no more than one third length in general ... treat them as shrub roses rather than HTs and allow them to build up a framework of branches which support each other over the following years

If you prune them harder they put up even longer growth which will flop even more.

It took me a couple of years to work this out, and now it's working and Rosa 'Mayflower' is looking great and also has a lot more blooms on it than when I pruned harder. 

Alien has landed

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 11:15

There's no accounting for individual taste ......... perhaps the rose chafer should be re-named? 

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